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Bears: John Fox no Grinch, changes Christmas schedule for family time

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Bears: John Fox no Grinch, changes Christmas schedule for family time

The NFL and most pro sports have little regard for major holidays, other than recognizing that viewership can he higher. But players have families, many with small children, and Christmas can involve distractions, playoff team or not.

Coach John Fox is moving the Bears’ Friday practice back two hours, from the usual 10:50 a.m. to a little after lunch time, giving players time to be there when kids open presents and have Christmas breakfast, just to give them an opportunity to be with their families. Guys with young kids, it’s a pretty exciting time for their families.

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“But we’re still putting in the same time, just starting later," Fox said. "To me it makes you appreciate what you have, the blessings that you have. They understand they have to continue that.”

The Bears had to play on Thanksgiving day, which has turned out to be their last winning game day (at Green Bay).

“We typically are working at this holiday, much like Thanksgiving,” Fox said. “It is what it is. You have to work through it. Guys are professionals and they understand it.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.